I have been so lucky to be given this opportunity to join in the Blood Awakens Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Frasers Fun House. Today is my day to host but make sure you check out everyone else’s too. Since receiving this ARC I have been wanting to read it so much. Unfortunately, I had a few more books that needed reading. Once I got my hands on it I devoured it in two days! So let’s get into my review！
This story contains strong violence.
People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.
Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.
But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.
Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.
Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).
First Thoughts and emotions
In a post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe is definitely my kind of book! Blood Awakens follows the lives of four people: Sean, Mara, Graciela and Santiago as they live each day as it comes in this dystopian world.
At the beginning of this book curiosity peaks as we meet our first of four main characters as we learn what is happening in this story and learn what sort of world this story is set in. We get a sense of danger and a hint of foreshadowing regarding Sean the first character we come in contact with.
Immediately reading the first sentence I became really intrigued by this story so much more than I already was and knew I would like reading it. Jessaca created some mystery and suspense that just made me want to know more and more.
As we meet each and every character we see them slowly develop throughout this story and although it’s not a huge development for some of them it is great to watch them slowly progress and become new people.
Each point of view transitions very smoothly as we get the name of the character at the start of the chapter compared to some books that I have come across that can get confusing when changing between characters. So it was an easy story to follow witch the story chopping and changing between the four different points of view.
There are so many themes explored within this story such as family, conflict, fear of the unknown and so much more. We see how the world can turn dramatically when something unknown to humans crops up and how shit the world can turn when we all start turning against one another just like it happened within this story because of certain people being different.
It becomes a story with the threat and in many cases ending in the result of mass genocide. Yep, you read that. Humans never learn, do they?
As I have mentioned above we have four main characters that we follow throughout this story and I love each and every one of them. Sean is loyal, smart, committed, strong and a good leader which I truly admire! Graciela is one of the sweetest and kind-hearted characters I have ever met and I just know that she will be one of my favourite characters for a very long time.
Mara is such a strong, independent woman who I truly aspire to be one day. Although we don’t learn a lot about Mara because she is very guarded and doesn’t trust easily but I am excited to learn more about her in the next book! Last but not least good ol’ Santiago, he is the polar opposite to his sister Graciela. He is very cold and distrusting towards new people that he meets and despises himself because he is Awakened. I love Santiago as he reminds me a lot of my boyfriend who is a lovable kind of a jerk and very funny so I really enjoyed him as a character.
This book is very descriptive and such a detailed story. Throughout the story, we come across many phrases in both Italian and Spanish which I think is great. It adds more personality to our characters and adds some more culture within the story. I really enjoyed this part of the book as it was fun trying to guess what the phrases meant. But it’s also awesome that within the book there is also an Italian and Spanish glossary you can look at to understand what is being said.
Final Thoughts and Emotions
Wow just wow, this book was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every single page within this story and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel to this so I can learn more about these awesome characters and how they survive the cruel and horrible world that they live in. This is a definite 5 star read and by far one of the best books I have read in a long long time.
Want to get your hands on this book too? Grab it here! I received this book in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.